It can be and is very frustrating when trying to witness to a non-believer, (btw did you know the word “witness” in New Testament Greek means “martyr”?) So not surprisingly it is not too difficult to see that getting through to them is hard. A Bible scripture I find encouraging is found in the Book of Romans:
Romans 8: 5-7 (NASB)
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Keep strong in your witness no matter how much you want to pull out your hair!
The word “Faith” is thrown around so much these days, but have you stopped to think what it is? Seems like a pretty straight forward question with a straight forward answer that must be looked at from Biblical view. Dr John Lennox states, “”Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite. It’s a commitment based on evidence… It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule. That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.” Very well put. I agree with Dr Lennox on needing evidence and in the Christian faith we have all the evidence necessary to show that God has a master plan.
In the Book of Romans, 8: 24 It is written “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” So even though we have the evidence, the Bible says that what we can see is no hope at all!
So I ask “Is faith Blind?” Is Faith something that one can learn? Ephesians 2:8 clearly says that Faith is a gift from God “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” So ask this question: “Since the unbelievers discount Faith as a reason for belief in God, is it something that God has not given them?” I mean we as Christians have Faith and the unbeliever seems to discount it as a “magic pill” and invalid as a defense to our faith. Or is it possible that the unbeliever has faith but not enough of it? Romans 12:3 is written: For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.
Read 1 Corinthians 2: 14, “14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. Notice that the Lord states “…does not accept the things of the Spirit of God”, “…cannot understand them” So I think it is clear that Faith cannot be learned as it is a Gift from God, and that the natural man does not accept Faith. So I must come to the conclusion that Faith is there for all, but some choose to not accept it!